Saturday, December 1st is World AIDS Day (WAD). The WAD theme for 2012 is “Working Together for an AIDS Free Generation.” This theme is drawn from “Getting to Zero,” the UNAIDS Strategy for 2011-2015, which focuses on eliminating new HIV infections, HIV-related discrimination, and AIDS-related deaths.
The United States is in the midst of implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), which was originally published in 2010. The NHAS sets specific goals for addressing the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States:
- Reduce new HIV infections
- Increase access to care and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV
- Reduce HIV-related health disparities
Communities around the United States and the world commemorate World AIDS Day with testing events, awareness campaigns, and other activities. Several of Alameda Health Consortium’s health centers are holding testing events and other activities to commemorate WAD:
- Native American Health Center is holding a WAD event featuring presentations, speakers, and free rapid HIV testing at their Oakland Clinic on December 1st.
- Tri-City Health Center‘s State Street Clinic will have The Edge open for candle lighting and reflections of those lost and those still fighting the battle against HIV/AIDS. The clinic will also be offering free rapid HIV testing.
Other local events include:
- Alameda County Office of AIDS Administration (OAA) is hosting an event on Friday, November 30th in Oakland. For more information, visit OAA’s Facebook page
- Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation is hosting a networking reception on Friday, November 30th at their offices in Oakland. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510.379.4042 by November 27th.
- The film Many Women, One Voice: African American Women and HIV will be screened at UC Berkeley’s Alumni House on Saturday, December 1st at 2pm. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Click here to RSVP.